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Bug appétit: Recipes offered in Lawrence insect cooking class

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If one is looking for something new to try this weekend, the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is holding The Bug Gourmet. If one is looking for something new to try this weekend, the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is holding The Bug Gourmet.
LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -

Bugs for dinner.

Warning: This story might gross you out. Then again, it might make you hungry.

If one is looking for something new to try this weekend, the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is holding The Bug Gourmet.

The Bug Gourmet teaches participants how to prepare bugs, like crickets, for savory stand-alone snacks, how bugs can be used in cookies or a favorite stir-fry recipe to give them an extra crunch.

People will be able to try summer rolls with stick bugs, cockroach curry, pesto with meal worms and even chocolate covered bugs.

Several countries around the world eat bugs. They are said to have a lot of protein.

"In West Africa, large caterpillars are eaten ... in Southeast Asia, scorpions and tarantulas. Many other kinds of bugs are considered delicacies. We haven't yet developed our flavor pallet for bugs here in the U.S. yet," said Marty Birrel, with the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department.

While this may not be for everyone, those interested can head over to Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St., between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The event is open to anyone over 12. Those under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $10 per participant.

Registration can be done online on the department's website, www.lprd.org, or at any Lawrence recreation facility.

For more information, please contact Prairie Park Nature Center at 785-832-7980.

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